Speaking on the Here We Go Podcast, transfer guru Fabrizio Romano has shared that Arsenal were handed the chance to land Papu Gomez this month.
The Argentine attacker was looking for an exit from the Serie A side Atalanta this month, and Arsenal were apparently asked if they were keen on signing him, but they turned down that opportunity.
Arsenal instead purchased Martin Odegaard, while Papu is now turning out for the La Liga club Sevilla, being announced as their new acquisition on Tuesday after years of starring in Serie A.
“Was it true that he was offered to Arsenal in the last weeks?” Fabrizio’s co-host quizzed while they were talking about Alejandro.
“Yes, there was a bidding opportunity, Papu Gomez for Arsenal, but they never considered him like a serious contender for the role of number 10, so they were looking for a player, and we mentioned about Buendia and the situation of other players, obviously they’ve signed Odegaard so there is nothing happening right now,” Fabrizio replied.
“But Papu Gomez was a possibility, like offered, and they were looking for a young player, not an old, respected Papu, because in my opinion he is one of the best players in the world, but they were going for a different one.”
The fact that the South American moved to Sevilla for just €8.5 million (£7.5m) indicates that Gomez could have been a bargain for the London side.
If he had signed for Arsenal, the club would have had an incredibly talented player on their hands, but at the age of 32, Papu’s advancing years weren’t in his favour, and Arsenal opt for the younger option of Odegaard.